Stress-Free Student Style

When you head to university for the first time, often one of the things you think about is what you’re going to wear everyday. Gone are the days in school where you can wear the same uniform each day and not worry about trying to put together an outfit or look good when you’re in a rush in the morning. 

The reality of this can sometimes be stressful when there’s so many other things going on and the last thing you want to think about it what you’re going to wear. Being the person who turns up in their pyjamas can be fine on a hangover but for the majority of the time, what you wear can massively impact the way you feel. 

When you feel confident in what you’re wearing it can hugely improve your mood which sets you up to have a productive day, whether that be in the library cramming for an essay deadline or producing a presentation for a seminar. 

So here’s some ideas of how to dress in a way that makes you feel put together even if you’re extremely tired and hungover from the night before…

Create a Capsule Wardrobe 

If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is then neither did I until a few months ago. Student life isn’t cheap is it? And clothes can be one of those things that you just can’t justify spending your student loan on when you’re trying to budget, so creating a capsule wardrobe can overcome this problem. 

For a capsule wardrobe you basically just limit the amount of clothes you have but make sure that almost all the items go together and can be paired in loads of different ways. So it’s simply a smaller selection of clothes that all go together perfectly to create new outfits by reusing the same items. 

It’s pretty much a wardrobe full of versatile pieces that you can wear more than once in a week without it looking like you’re wearing the same outfit. So fill your wardrobe with staple pieces you’ll always wear, from a denim skirt and a basic white tee, to a jacket that looks good with everything. 

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Accessorise Until You’re Heart’s Content 

It’s crazy how much an outfit can change by simply throwing on a necklace and a pair of earrings. It makes your simple outfit look like you’ve put loads of effort into it which I love since I never have much time in the mornings.

Especially when I can’t be bothered to do my hair so I just throw it up into a pony tail, having piercings on ears means I can just put in some earrings and it makes me look more put together.

My favourite thing about autumn is the scarves! Those huge scarves that you can wrap around you are possibly the cosiest things ever and mean you look stylish but really it’s just there to keep you warm. 

Have you ever tried the scarves from Primark? They’re the cheapest and comfiest things ever. 

And Lastly…Shoes! 

I’ve been known to pretty much only wear converse or vans throughout the entire year but this autumn I’m trying to change it up. 

It’s the time of year that you can get out your favourite ankle boots or knock-off timberlands (because what student can afford the real ones?) and brave the cold in shoes that actually keep your feet warm. 

I don’t know why it took me so long to jump on the boot bandwagon. Is anyone else guilty of just wearing the same shoes everyday even if they get soaking wet in the rain and snow? 

Shoes might be pricy sometimes but sales and student discount can go a long way to getting the right shoes to improve your autumn outfits. 

What do you normally wear to university? Do you have any tips to make it easier?

Beth x 

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  1. October 24, 2018 / 1:41 am

    I’m grateful that our university has a uniform so I only have to stress out during wash day Wednesdays 😄 I usually check what the weather is going to be and decide through that. I agree that accessories make you look more put together with minimal effort, it’s my go-to way of styling up 😊 Awesome post!!

  2. Melissa Kacar
    October 24, 2018 / 3:32 am

    This is such a useful post! I wore a uniform all through grade school and high school and when I went to college last year I had no idea what I should wear everyday haha! accessorizing and changing up your shoes are great ways to dress up any plain outfit. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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